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A Merry Little Christmas by Brandy Bruce {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are my own.  

Mandy Romano feels as though the Christmas season is one long checklist she wants to ignore. She truly wants to make Christmas special for her family, but this year feels different. She can’t seem to get into the Christmas spirit. When someone from her husband’s past arrives back in town, Mandy’s less than thrilled. She just might need her own Christmas miracle to save this holiday. Mandy’s soul is longing for a simple Christmas, but is that even possible when the season feels so hectic?

Brandy Bruce is the award-winning author of The Last Summer, as well as the novels After the Rain, Looks Like Love, and the Romano Family Collection series. She's also the co-author of the YA fantasy novel Chosen, with her sister Sara Hanson. Brandy has worked in book publishing for more than a decade--editing, writing, reading, and making good use of online dictionaries. She's a graduate of Liberty University and currently works as a freelance book editor. She and her husband make their home in Virginia with their three children. When Brandy isn't editing manuscripts or writing novels, she loves spending time with her family, baking any kind of cheesecake, watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, or curling up with a favorite book. You can contact her through her website at www.authorbrandybruce.com. Find her on Twitter at @BrandyBruce. Also on Instagram at @ALittleBitofBrandy.

A Merry Little Christmas, the new novella by Brandy Bruce, truly is just the holiday read that every mom needs... especially after the difficult year we have all had. 

In this novella we meet Mandy Romano, a mom of two who just isn't feeling Christmas this year. The constant hustle and bustle, the commitments, the craziness that motherhood so often brings. We've all been there, haven't we? Perhaps it's not Christmas, but we've all had those moments in which we just felt like it was all too much and we just needed a break. As much as we may love motherhood and love our children, it's not easy and can be overwhelming at times. So many times as I was reading this novella, I saw myself in Mandy. I truly believe she is every one of us at one point or another. This novella is a beautiful reminder to moms that we are not alone and that we don't have to do it on our own. It's also a reminder that it is okay to have a simple Christmas. 

As a novella, it's a very quick read. I personally read it in less that a day. Despite it's shorter length, it did not feel as though it was rushed or that anything was missing from the story. I find these shorter reads to be ideal for the holiday season when so many of us don't have as much extra reading time. Overall, this was a beautiful holiday read that truly is so needed. I truly believe all moms should read it! 


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